Fruits and Veggies to the Rescue!

By Schaumburg Township District Library

Who says fruits and vegetables can’t be fun? The Schaumburg Township District Library is offering interactive programs that teach children the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables. Children will attend without their parent or caregiver, but adults must remain in the kidsZone during the program. Call (847) 923-3439 to register. Participants must be Schaumburg Township District Library cardholders.

Junior Fruits & Veggies to the Rescue! (ages 4-6)
Monday, March 2 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. or 10:45-11:45 a.m. in the kidsZone Craft Room

Fruits & Veggies to the Rescue! (ages 6-9)
Wednesday, March 4 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. or 4:45-5:45 p.m. in the kidsZone Craft Room

Establish good fitness habits early at Feb. 24 Family Fun Night

By Schaumburg Park District

Even infants can get in on the fun in the “snowball room”

It’s that time of year for the ever-popular Early Childhood Family Fun Night. The Schaumburg Park District event will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at Meineke Recreation Center, 220 E. Weathersfield Way.

The free event features fun for ages 6 and younger along with parents. There will be board games, riding sticks and scooter boards. And there will be a climber, ring toss and balance beam. family fun night

The event also will feature exercise equipment for the littlest exercise enthusiasts.  Barb Lindholm, Park District early childhood resource coordinator, said there will be a preschool fitness station equipped with a kid-sized treadmill, weight bench, cycle and elliptical machine.

“It’s just a fun event,” said Lindholm, adding that the event is unstructured and that parents and children may come and go freely throughout the event.

The fun night wouldn’t be complete without the legendary snowball room. That’s where the youngest fitness buffs will find soft equipment to play with, including a parachute and cotton balls.

For more information, call the Pat Shephard Center at (847)  490-7036 or visit

Play Ball! Early Bird Registration Ends 2/20

By Hoffman Estates Park District

IMG_0088What is it about baseball and softball that draws kids back year after year? Why do we romanticize about the “Field of Dreams” and rally around our favorite teams? The Cubs…the Sox…which side are you on? Maybe it’s the strategy, the skill or the suspense. Or, it could be the fact that everyone can play. Baseball doesn’t require a certain height, speed or weight. All you need is a willingness to do your best.

Registration is now underway for Spring Youth Baseball and Youth Softball at the Hoffman Estates Park District. Sign up by Friday, Feb. 20 to get a $20 discount on fees.Practices begin in April. Scholarships are available through the Friends of HE Parks Foundation for families facing financial hardships.

For the kids in 4th grade and younger, every attempt is made to place them in teams that practice at fields near their homes. Friendship requests are accepted, too, so whenever possible, kids can be on the same team with their buddies. Parents interested in coaching should contact Kyle Thomas at or 847-285-5429.

Register online today!  Youth Baseball or Youth Girls’ Softball